Tasi Malaki, a 45-year-old man of Samoan descent, died Sunday, Aug. 11 after he was shot in the 400 block of West Willow Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.
Malaki, a Long Beach-based reggae and hip-hop artist known as Toko Tasi, was shot following a dispute near West Willow Street and Eucalyptus Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:13 a.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
Friends told KTLA5 that Malaki was attending a high school reunion when he was shot.
“We heard the gunshots,” Audra Viscidi told KTLA during a vigil for Malaki the following evening. “Before that, we were all just inside laughing and hugging each other, and saying ‘I love you’ and catching up.”
The shooter fled on foot ...
Gurpreet Singh, a 44-year-old man, was shot and killed Tuesday, May 7, in the 8500 block of Paramount Boulevard in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:15 p.m., officers from the Downey Police Department responded to a call of a gunshot victim at ASL Liquor and Market, according to a news release from the department.
Singh, the co-owner of the store, was found with gunshot wounds behind the counter.
Police said they believe he was the victim of an attempted robbery, but are not ruling out other possible motives.
Two days after the killing, police released footage from the store’s surveillance camera in hopes of identifying a suspect.
Several tips from the public led police to Maywood on May 10, where they saw a man believed to be the shooter get into a car outside a residence.
Officers tried to stop the ...
Suren Tahmazyan, a 48-year-old man of Armenian descent, was fatally shot on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the 6400 block of San Fernando Road in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Tahmazyan was in the parking lot of the Ararat Restaurant at San Fernando Road and Ruberta Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. when a man walked up and began shooting, said Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles.
Another man standing nearby was also struck by the gunfire and suffered a grazing wound, Suttles said. But the gunfire struck Tahmazyan full force, and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:27 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The restaurant was hosting several special events that evening, Suttles said, and the parking lot was packed with cars that had been valet parked.
Investigators don’t know whether Tahmazyan had even gotten inside the ...
Mark Manlapaz, a 36-year-old man of Filipino descent, died Friday, June 29, after he was stabbed in the 3500 block of Pomona Boulevard in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators.
Manlapaz was working one of two full-time jobs, as a security officer for Cal Poly Pomona University, when he was stabbed and his throat was slashed around 4:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Howard Cooper.
Investigators found Manlapaz in the front seat of his work truck in a parking lot on the south side of Pomona Boulevard, just south of West Temple Avenue, Cooper said. A film was being shot in the area, Cooper said, and Manlapaz was monitoring traffic to keep unwanted people from coming on the set.
Manlapaz was pronounced dead at the scene, Cooper said. An autopsy is still pending.
“The scene was quite brutal — a lot of blood,” Lt ...
Donnelle Ali Taufaao, a 20-year-old Samoan man, was shot and killed Saturday, March 17, in the 600 block of East University Drive in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Taufaao was standing outside a strip mall liquor store around 9:45 p.m. when a car drove up and he started talking to the man inside, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
“The conversation got heated, and the witnesses said they could see it going sideways. They ran inside the liquor store, heard the shots and then came out and saw the victim on the ground,” Alfred said.
Taufaao was pronounced dead at the scene at 10 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The coroner’s office said Taufaao was from Lynwood, but investigators think he most recently was living near where he was shot.
The gunman, described only as a Latino adult, drove ...
Franklin Bamba Atoigue, a 46-year-old Pacific Islander, died Friday, Oct. 6, after he was shot in the 23500 block of Panama Avenue in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Atoigue was visiting friends in Carson and they were hanging out in the garage when someone knocked on the door at 5:35 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.
When Atoigue opened the door, someone outside opened fire, striking him in the torso, Mendoza said.
Atoigue was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:11 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The shooter fled on foot, Mendoza said. Investigators don’t have a description of the gunman or a motive for the shooting, although they say it does not appear to be gang-related.
Atoigue was born in Guam and moved to California with family in 1981 ...
Robert Lee Santos, a 69-year-old man of Filipino and Chinese descent, died on Sunday, April 30, after he was stabbed in the 3700 block of East 53rd Street in Maywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Santos had brought his two school-aged children to visit with their mother, his ex-girlfriend Lilian Avila, at her home in Maywood about 6 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The two started talking on the porch of the home where Avila lived with other family members, and they got into an argument, Mendoza said. At some point, Avila pulled out a small knife and stabbed Santos at least once in the torso, Mendoza said.
Members of Avila’s family drove Santos to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Avila, a 35-year-old Latina ...
Jacob Howard, a 72-year-old Native American man, was fatally stabbed, Monday, Sept. 19, in the 1400 block of 3rd Street in Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
About 2 a.m., Long Beach police were called to a residence where a man had been stabbed, according to a news release. Officers found Howard suffering from a stab wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital, the release said, but he died at 2:49 a.m., according to coroner's records.
Detectives arrested Howard's roommate, 52-year-old William Wilson, on suspicion of murder. On Sept. 22, Wilson was charged with one count of murder, according to prosecutors.
The criminal complaint also stated Wilson was previously convicted of grand theft auto in 2003 and unlawful driving of a vehicle in 2003 and 2004.
Wilson is scheduled to return to ...
Washi Uddin Ahmed, a 55-year-old man of Middle Eastern descent, was fatally stabbed Friday, March 25, in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Valley Village, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:15 a.m., Ahmed and his wife were working at a 7-Eleven when a man in his 40s walked in, grabbed a Mickey’s and a hot dog and started to leave, said Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The woman confronted the thief in the parking lot, who “shanked her multiple times,” then stabbed her husband when he came outside to check on his wife, Jenal said. The attack was caught on video.
Police were called and found the attacker walking down the street with the drink and the hot dog, Jenal said.
Ahmed and his wife were taken to a hospital, where Ahmed was pronounced dead. His wife ...